The Film Society encourages the progressive evolution of film culture and individual lives by celebrating the transformative power of the moving image in all its forms. Through intelligent and innovative programming, it creates singularly vital experiences for audiences of all kinds.


  • Essential SF

    A key event in the Film Society's year-round appreciation of local talent, Essential SF shines a light on the Bay Area's most unique and creative personalities and their invaluable contributions to the film world.

  • Special Presentations

    The Film Society presents numerous special events throughout the year, from film premieres (often with special guests) to screenings with live music, and much more.

  • Fall Season 2015

    An essential element of the Film Society's year-round celebration of contemporary world cinema, the Fall Season features festivals spotlighting international cinemas and a brand-new documentary showcase.

  • SFIFF59 Call For Entries

    The SF International Film Festival will open submissions to SFIFF59 (Spring 2016) on September 1, 2015. Works in all genres, forms and lengths are considered.

  • SFIFF58 Video Highlights

    Watch red carpet interviews and onstage programs that took place during the 58th San Francisco International Film Festival.

  • Festival Photo Album

    It is our pleasure to share moments and memories captured over the course of the 15 days of our 58th Festival.

  • 58th SF Int'l Film Festival

    We are thrilled to share the full slate of films and programs that were featured at the 58th San Francisco International Film Festival (April 23-May 7, 2015).

  • Calendar

    View all events, deadlines and screenings.

  • Archive

    A treasure trove of all past Film Society screenings and special events. Here you will find all films shown in the San Francisco International Film Festival, our Fall Season and in our other year-round programs.

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